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Easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin-Cranberry-Pecan Pie Squares

If you have the oven on to bake breads, your turkey, etc., it's the perfect opportunity to bake some Pumpkin-Cranberry-Pecan Pie squares, too. The squares are great when you can't decide what type of pie to make, and they are easier to put together than a pie. Even guests who don't especially like pumpkin pie will go for these creamy squares. A brown sugar and oat crust forms a simple bottom layer for the squares. Sweet spices--cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and, pumpkin pie spice--and a dash of maple extract infuse the squares with plenty of flavor and counter the blandness of some pumpkin pies. A streusel topping that includes crunchy pecans and bright cranberries contrasts nicely with the creamy pumpkin filling, and the tartness of the cranberries keeps the squares from tasting too sweet. The squares can be made ahead, if you'd like, and are great with a dollop of whipped cream. Or, if you prefer (I do), serve the squares warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside.

Easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin-Cranberry-Pecan Pie Squares
Easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin-Cranberry-Pecan Pie Squares

Cranberry-Pumpkin Pie Squares -- Makes an 8-inch square pan

Bottom Layer

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of oats

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 cup of butter


1 (14-15 ounce) can of pumpkin puree

1 can (12 ounces) of low-fat evaporated milk

2 eggs

2/3 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ginger

1/2 teaspoon of cloves

1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 teaspoon of maple extract


1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of oats (quick or regular)

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of cranberries, washed and picked over

1 cup of chopped pecans

1 tablespoon of canola oil

1 tablespoon of butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat an 8-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray or line the pan with foil and coat the foil with spray. For the bottom layer, in a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. With a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture is quite crumbly. Press the crumbs evenly into the prepared pan to form the bottom layer and bake it for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. While the bottom layer is baking, in the same bowl you used to mix the bottom layer, add all the filling ingredients and whisk them until smooth. Pour the filling ingredients over the baked bottom layer and return the pan to the oven, baking the filling for 45 minutes. While the filling is baking, combine the topping ingredients, mixing them well. Sprinkle the topping ingredients over the partially baked filling and bake the squares for another 15-20 minutes or until the filling is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (or with only streusel crumbs on it). Cool the squares and then refrigerate them until you're ready to serve them.

Easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin-Cranberry-Pecan Pie Squares
Easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin-Cranberry-Pecan Pie Squares

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